Originally Posted by rickss69
Any Gigabyte mb will do what you want...even the micro's. Buy the cheapest.
I agree with this guy. I think buying a super duper expensive board is overrated unless you need some specific features that aren't on other boards.
Do you need to buy any other computer components for your board or is the mobo the last component you plan to buy? If the former, I'd get a cheaper board, no need to get a $200 mobo especially if you still need other stuff.
Also, everyone is saying i5/i7 is approaching EOL with Sandy Bridge coming up so all the better to put your money into something that is more transferable like RAM (DDR3 is still the main one, right? no DDR4 coming anytime soon? :-) ).
Although, you say, you will keep it for a long while, you never know when you might want to move to a new architecture or upgrade anything you still have.
Just my two cents. Other opinions may vary.
Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 - $100 - (or get full size mobo version )
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 - under $200 - has USB 3.0
Asus P7P55D PRO (under $150 - I think)
ASUS P7P55D-E - same